FAA issues emergency order barring commercial operators from some Iranian airspace

FAA issues emergency order barring commercial operators from some Iranian airspace

The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday evening issued an emergency order that bars U.S. aircraft from an overwater area of Iranian airspace amid increased U.S./Iran tensions, according to Reuters.

The order covers a Tehran-controlled section over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman. The agency also issued a separate advisory to operators that said the nearest civil aircraft was within approximately 45 nautical miles of the drone Iran shot down this week.

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"There were numerous civil aviation aircraft operating in the area at the time of the intercept," the FAA said, according to Reuters. The agency added that it is concerned about military activity in close proximity to civil aircraft routes.

Iran has said the drone, which it shot down with a surface-to-air missile, was within Iranian airspace.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE on Thursday suggested he believed the downing of the drone was accidental.

“I have a feeling that it was a mistake made by somebody who shouldn't have been doing something that they did,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauTrudeau rips Trump over attacks on Democratic lawmakers: 'That is not how we do things in Canada' Sarah Sanders hits Ocasio-Cortez over criticism of Ivanka Trump's G-20 appearance Macron's office 'didn't anticipate the reaction' after sharing Ivanka Trump video clip MORE. “I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the truth.”